I figured I wouldn’t have a lot of opportunities to over-indulge myself in an arrangement, so I had to make the most of this one. For some reason, I had the idea of Scott Joplin sitting down at a piano and playing a ragtime version of this. Now I’m not a ragtime guitarist, so I had to kind of figure out how to do it with the thumb mimicking the left hand on the piano and jumping around the octaves. So that’s why I only did it for the first verse. After that, it all went downhill. There’s some Robert Johnson in there, Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits), and even some Stevie Ray Vaughan. So I guess this is what it would sound like if all of them had been mormon and in charge of Primary sharing time.
The song builds in notes and speed as it progresses – just like the Lamanites in ancient history (wink). Some of it’s a little sloppy. But hey, it was late. (This also explains why I look wasted in the lesson video).
So have fun with this one. This type of arrangement will not be the norm on this site, so I had to make the most of it while I had it. So if you like it, cool. If not, sorry. I’ll get back to the mushy stuff next month.
Justin WPosted at 10:48h, 01 August
This is such a fantastic idea to share your music. I love the YouTube channel, and that you include lessons and the music!! Great work man!
Justin from Bloomington, IN
Ben HowingtonPosted at 10:52h, 01 August
Tyler & Terrah HarperPosted at 11:46h, 01 August
This is an awesome arrangement, Ben! Do you have a cd / songs on iTunes available to buy? Your work is GREAT!
P.S. Tell Annie ‘hello’! :)
Ben HowingtonPosted at 11:51h, 01 August
Thanks! Not at the moment. I figure I’ll probably do that once I’ve got more arrangements done. Right now I’m at a whopping three. So maybe in a year once I’m at 12 :)
RandallPosted at 12:04h, 01 August
Wow. This was ridiculous and so awesome. I envisioned Moroni head-bobbing to this jam. Thanks for the unleashed version. I LOVE it. Your talent is so fun to watch.
Whitney RoyerPosted at 18:05h, 01 August
Holy crap that was amazing Ben!
CindyPosted at 18:47h, 01 August
You are genius! Jammin’ the BOM.
Cecily DossettPosted at 04:18h, 02 August
Love these! Can’t wait for the next one!
ValeriePosted at 04:26h, 02 August
I suppose it’s possible that I could love this more, but I really don’t see how. Rad, Ben. Just rad. And when you take the pick out of your mouth and start to go to town? My favorite.
Quinn ThibodeauPosted at 04:28h, 02 August
HOLY FREAK! That was incredible! Only, what’s the point of making the transcript if it’s so mind-blowing that no one else can play it?!
Great Job! Keep it up.
crickett thorntonPosted at 06:31h, 02 August
truly awesome! itunes yes please!
AngelaPosted at 12:46h, 02 August
Very cool!! You should totally do more like this one!! We’ve got plenty o’mushy! Loved it, thanks for sharing.
MichellePosted at 18:47h, 02 August
That was awesome!
RonPosted at 20:35h, 03 August
Was fantastic. I was blown away. There are plenty of “mushy” songs. This is totally unique. It’s your niche!
Justin cranePosted at 15:42h, 06 August
Incredible! Thanks for posting the tabs! You rock!
RandallPosted at 11:28h, 07 August
Hey man, are you palm-muting what… the top 3 strings in the first couple verses? and then leaving open the G, B, and E?
Ben HowingtonPosted at 11:33h, 07 August
Yep. It gives the base notes more of a thump. But you have to really dig into them.
RandallPosted at 11:45h, 07 August
Yeah I can hear it. Very nice.
NancyPosted at 11:17h, 19 August
You make the hymns cool. Thanks!
Melissa CarrollPosted at 12:58h, 25 August
Ben–you are seriously so talented. PLEASE make a CD that we can buy! I need this for my family. :)
EmilyPosted at 12:39h, 07 September
This is unexpected and so awesome.
Sara Bunton PowellPosted at 04:54h, 09 September
Hi Ben–Brigitte put a link to this video up on FB. This song is fantastic! And I thought I was tired of Primary songs . . . Such a wonderful, fun version. It’s nice to see what people are up to after all these years. :) Can’t wait to hear more of your stuff!
ShilohPosted at 18:21h, 09 September
Oh you’ve got to be kidding me! This is ridiculously good! Any chance you are going to make a cd or make the songs downlaodable? I would pay good money to jam to this Sunday morning while getting ready for church.
ShilohPosted at 18:52h, 09 September
One more thing, can you even imagine what would have happened if you played this back in college at guitars unplugged? The mormon filled auditorium would have erupted in the most insane applause ever witnessed by man or beast. Once again, so so rad.
Isaac St.ClairPosted at 06:49h, 29 September
I really, really enjoy this. I’ve recently started picking up the guitar, and this is really inspiring. Thanks!
Kyle MartinPosted at 10:38h, 29 September
Amazing! Thank you for making this hymn come alive. We loved it!
Mateo OspinaPosted at 14:03h, 16 December
So far this is my favorite arrangement by you and the one i have most fun playing, thank you I can’t wait to see what’s next!
ShastaPosted at 05:27h, 06 May
Loved loved loved it! New fan here!
Tiff ManningPosted at 15:48h, 13 May
Well, I love it! Would love more like this. :) Thank you for sharing your awesome talent!
AustinPosted at 23:21h, 04 March
Wow. Holy cow. Nice work, you are so amazing at this, and I’m so glad you have a lesson video. I’ll be practicing. Thanks!
DrewPosted at 17:59h, 22 March
I love the finale! Nice work.
Amoz PayPosted at 11:12h, 26 April
Dude this website is definitly AWESOME!!! You’re really talentuous, and your arrangements incredible :D The way your web app teaches the music you create is so smart, I really can’t find anything to criticize! You make hymns so cool ! Thanks a lot for what you do ! And excuse my english I’m from France but I really needed to tell you how I feel about this amazing work :)
Ben HowingtonPosted at 06:23h, 28 April
Thank you so much! Your comment means a lot to me. Thank you!
Nate FraryPosted at 13:42h, 15 January
Great stuff and nice touches of blues.
Ben AndersonPosted at 18:13h, 18 April
AMAZING! This is by far my favorite of all your songs! I really love how the song gets more complicated as it goes. I could listen to this for hours! I am going to learn this song, but I have only been playing for 3 years. Maybe in a few years though! You are so talented and I am glad you share your talent on your website! Thank you sooooooooooo much!
Tim SchwarzPosted at 00:42h, 27 December
Awesome – gets me thinking of Tommy Emmaneul’s Classical Gas.
Dakotah MartinPosted at 11:06h, 12 January
Nice work! This song is rad. Cool website too. 👍
Robert McNinchPosted at 20:40h, 09 February
You wouldn’t happen to have done the chords for Secret Prayer (Hymn 144), by chance?